Monday, July 20, 2020

8 am
2 events

Daily Minyan

Location: Virtual

From: Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:15 am


All are invited to join us each morning Monday through Friday on Zoom.
For the link, please email


Meditation Practice with Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Special Guests

Location: Virtual

From: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30-9:00 am


Bring some calm to the start of your day by joining Rabbi Buchdahl and special guests each Tuesday and Thursday morning for a call-in meditation practice and a little Torah. Meditation helps boost the immune system, relieve stress and anxiety, and center the mind. No experience necessary. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

Please note new call-in number:
+1 253 215 8782, ID: 580 872 399, then press #.

Wednesday, July 22: Finding the Treasure Within
Mantra: Otzar=treasure

Thursday, July 23: The Tree Falling in the Forest
Mantra: Ilan=Tree

Friday, July 24: Wonder Walk Through the Redwoods
Mantra: Feleh=Wonders

Tuesday, July 28: What is Real vs. Virtual?
Mantra: Masach=Veil/Screen

Thursday, July 30: Tisha B’Av
Mantra:  Churban=Destruction

Additional sources and recordings of past sessions are available here.


12 pm
1 event

Coffee with Clergy (and Special Guests)

Location: Virtual

From: Monday–Thursday, 12:00–12:30 pm


Join us each weekday at noon for this great chance to connect virtually in-person with Central’s clergy team. A different member of our clergy team—or a special guest!—will share a favorite text, a new piece of music or arrangement, answer questions, or even lead a short cooking segment.

Please note: Coffee with Clergy will not run on Fridays as part of our summer schedule, but we look forward to seeing you daily Monday through Thursday.


Monday, August 3: Rabbi Mo Salth
Tuesday, August 4: Cantor Dan Mutlu
Wednesday, August 5: Rabbi Ari Lorge – What’s the Dill? Episode 7 (Recipe Here)
Thursday, August 6: Rabbi Ari Lorge

To join us online for this program, simply visit Central Synagogue’s Facebook page or our website livestream page.


7 pm
1 event

“About a Teacher”: Film Discussion With Filmmaker and Animator Hanan Harchol

Location: Virtual

From: 7:00 pm - 8:00pm


Join acclaimed animator Hanan Harchol and Rabbi Nicole Auerbach as they discuss Harchol’s new documentary “About a Teacher,” a semi-autobiographical feature about his first three years teaching film in a public high school. Harchol is the creator of the popular animated series for adults and teens “Jewish Food for Thought,” which uses his animations to explore Jewish wisdom and fuel conversation. Watch the film in advance of the discussion for deeper insight (links further below).

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Hanan Harchol, more known for his Jewish Food For Thought animated series, has also been a public high school teacher in New York City for the past eleven years. In his first year as a teacher, Hanan almost quit. In fact 41% of New York City teachers leave the profession within their first five years. In his latest project, “About a Teacher,” a semi-autobiographical feature film about his first three years as a public high school film teacher, Hanan shows a realistic, unvarnished, insider’s view on the challenges and rewards of this important profession.

Critics are raving:

“Few [movies about inner city schoolteachers] have approached the subject with the impressive realism and naturalism as Hanan Harchol’s semi-autobiographical feature directorial debut…”  - Frank Sheck, Hollywood Reporter

“the rare ‘inspired by’ movie that actually inspires…remarkable…aligned to the docudrama stylings of Mike Leigh…”  - Michael Rechtshaffen, LA Times

“A new film written and directed by a teacher comes closer to capturing the feel of classroom life than most of its big-budget predecessors…It turns out that it takes a teacher to make a decent movie about a teacher.” - Robert Pondiscio Harvard Kennedy School’s EducationNext

We encourage you to watch the film before this program. You can find the film/trailer using the following links:

YouTube Official Trailer
Amazon Prime link (US & UK)
Vimeo on Demand link (Worldwide)